Man has pearl stuck in ear for 41 years
By QMI Agency
Last Updated: December 24, 2010 2:39pm
An Athens, Ga., man recently discovered he had a pearl stuck in his ear — for more than four decades.
Calvin Wright was always a loud talker, and he finally knows why. The 46-year-old had a pearl from his mother's necklace stuck in his ear since he was five years old, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Wright found the lost gem earlier this month when he went to the emergency room with bronchitis.
"The nurse was checking my ear and said, ‘Do you use Q-Tips?'" Wright told the Journal-Constitution. "I said yes, and she said, ‘You've got one in your right ear, I'll get it out.' She tried getting it and then she was like, ‘Whoa, this is hard. This is not a Q-Tip. Looks like you got a pearl in your ear.'"
A specialist removed the pearl, which Wright kept.
When Wright was five, his mom left him and his sister home with the babysitter. The siblings seized this opportunity to go after their mom's pearl necklace, which his sister broke.
When the necklace snapped, pearls went everywhere, and Wright shoved two of them in his ear, prompting an emergency trip to the doctor.
"I was hollering so bad, then the doctor said, ‘I got it out,'" Wright said.
"I remember I got two green lollipops. I didn't think more about it."
But there was another pearl lodged deep in his ear that the doctor failed to notice, and the boy forgot all about.
Upon removing the long-lost pearl, doctors asked Wright if he'd suffered any side effects over the years, like heartaches or sinus problems. All he could think of was his loud voice.
"Everybody would say, ‘Why don't you lower your voice?'" he said. "Now, when I went to the barber shop, they said, ‘You're not talking loud like you used to.' I notice I can hear myself better."
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